Sunday is all about celebrating the waterways in Penns Valley.
The Penns Valley Conservation Association is hosting its annual Crickfest at Coburn Park, where Elk, Penns and Pine creeks meet.
Executive Director Andrea Ferich said it’s “an amazing time” when people come together to spread awareness and education about the waterways of the Penns Creek Watershed.
For the past 12 years, the Crickfest has been one of PVCA’s largest events.
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“We live in a beautiful community that’s the backbone of the local environment,” Ferich said.
“It’s a way to make a connection with our waterways.”
The PVCA is a Spring Mills-based volunteer-driven organization that aims to implement community-based projects within the watershed where improvement is needed.
Its members focus on minting water quality, the area’s rural heritage and stable environmental planning.
Ferich expects about 1,500 people to attend the daylong event.
“We work so hard to keep the waterways clean, drinkable and fishable,” Ferich said.
The event will include live entertainment, local food vendors and children’s events.
There will also be kayaking; a petting zoo; workshops that will highlight stream insects and wildlife photography; and home and gardening seminars.
“We think this is an important event for everyone, because the Penns Valley area produces so much healthy food and living, and that it’s really all about preserving the way of life,” Ferich said.
WSOV — Penns Valley’s low-powered radio station — will also hold a live variety show.
The planning process started earlier this summer with a committee who helps organize the event, but Ferich said the Crickfest is on their minds year-round.
“We believe getting together and celebrating is important to show our work throughout the year,” Ferich said.